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A NEW AND VARIOUS SELECTION
PROSE AND POETRY,
FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS IN THE UNITED STATES.
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED AN
ARTS READING AND SPEAKING:
By RODOLPHUS DICKINSON, Ese.
R. P. & C. WILLIAMS, BOSTON, AND EZEKIEL GOODALE
E. GOODALE, PRINTER
DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, TO WIT:
BE IT REMEMBERED that on the twenty-second 2 day of May, in the thirty-ninth year of the Independence Sof the United States of America, R. P. & C.Williams, of the said district have deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit: "The Columbian Reader, comprising a new and various selection of elegant extracts in prose and poetry, for the use of schools in the United States, to which is prefixed an Introduction on the Arts of Reading and Speaking: By RODOL PHUS DICKINSON, Esq. Author of Geographical Publications, &c." In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled "An Act for the encouragement of Learning, by secur ing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned,” and also to an act, entitled "An Act supplementary to an Act, entitled an Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the tinies therein mentioned, and extending the benents thereof to the arts of Designing, Engraving, and Etching, Historical and other prints:"
WILLIAM S. SHAW,
Clerk of the District of Massachusetts.
Boston, October 15, 1815.
THE Compiler has attempted, in this work, to present the American public, with an assemblage of the most brilliant beauties of composition. The introduction is derived from an elegant and comprehensive course of Lectures on Rhetoric, by a late distinguished citizen of Philadelphia. In the selection of the other part, reference has been had, as far as practicable, to subjects that were deemed most interesting to the American reader. It will be perceived that native productions have been extensively used; and all will feel a just pride in the very honorable testimony they exhibit, of the literary taste and genius of our country. Responsibility for the correctness of the religious and moral tendency of the work, has been felt in its full force and it is confidently believed, that not a sentiment will be found, unfavorable to virtue. The Compiler indulges the hope that the publication will be, comparatively, adapted to the professed object; and aside from that consideration, that even the admirers of fine writing, will not regard him as having performed a thankless office.